CUBISM MADNESS

Text: Anastasia Iosifidou

“I can’t think of anything more exciting than the surface of things. Just appearance.”

Piet Mondrian.

Mondrian’s use of asymmetrical balance is very important in the evolution of modern art, and his iconic abstract works remain influential in design and familiar in popular culture to this day. Who could forget the “Mondrian” dress created by Yves Saint Laurent in 1965?

Cubism inspired several fashion designers to create Fall/ Winter  2012-13 collections, with geometric shapes like Mondrian‘s -and maybe take it a few steps further.

Celine, showed clothes with fundamental basics colors, clear lines which reminded the fashion world that color blocking is here to stay.

This Mondrian trend inspired Celine’s bags as well, 

and shoes…

…even the nails.

 

This season Mondrian style does not only dominate clothes, but shoes as well. Pierre Hadry’s shoes look like they have come out of a painting.

From high heels..

…to sneakers…

…prevailing shape madness!

The brand’s bag collection has exactly the same inspiration.

 

Some designers followed  Mondrian’s lines but converted to different shades of color. For example, BCBG by Max Azria’ s winter collection consists of loose clothes with sharp shape and geometrical cuts.

 

It seems like Mondrian was a fundamental point of reference, embraced by many designers, some of which did not devote to him their total collections, but certainly dedicated to him some cubism-inspired looks.

Givenchy

Stella McCartney

Hermes

 

Do you thing that the influence was just about fashion? No!  Mondrian is also an inspiration for architecture…

 

And trust me, he tastes good!